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Engaging Students in Research

In an effort to promote research among students in the community, Carilion Clinic Basic Science Research laboratory has been hosting several students from both Jefferson College of Health Sciences (JCHS) and the Roanoke Valley Governor School (RVGS). This unique program provides opportunities for students who express an interest in research in the biological sciences.

Students from JCHS have been working on several projects involving the development of diagnostic assays for and the molecular characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. One student from RVGS has been investigating beta-amyloid formation associated with Alzheimer’s disease using various strains of Caenorhabditis elegans that express beta-amyloid. Another student from RVGS has been utilizing fruit flies to investigate the effect of gluten consumption on intestinal cell populations.

Future collaborations with RVGS are currently being considered and could potentially provide laboratory space, equipment and mentoring for these bright and motivated students interested in medical and biological research.